DAVID R. BUTLER. Texas State University System Regents’ Professor of Geography, University Distinguished Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos. Distinguished Affiliated Scholar, Laboratory of Dendrogeomorphology, University of Bern, Switzerland. Ph.D. (1982), University of Kansas; M.S., B.A., University of Nebraska-Omaha (1976, 1974).
Service to Geography: AAG-GTU Visiting Geographical Scientist Program (2004-present); AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography, Geomorphology Section Editor (2012-2015); AAG Publications Committee (2002-2005, 1999-2000); Editorial Advisory Board, AAG Resource Publications in Geography (1991-1998); AAG Nystrom Award Committee (1993-1994); AAG National Meeting Program Committee, Atlanta Meeting (1991-1993); Archivist, Geomorphology Specialty Group AAG (2005-present); Chair, Geomorphology Specialty Group AAG (1989-1990); Chair, Mountain Geography Specialty Group AAG (2005-2006 and 2001-2002); Biogeography Specialty Group AAG Board Member (2008-2010); SEDAAG Honors Committee (1996-1997); Section Editor, Classics Revisited and From the Archives, Progress in Physical Geography (2010-present); Section Editor for Geomorphology, Geography Compass (2008-2010); Editorial Boards, Physical Geography (1996-present), Applied Geography (2008-present), and Southeastern Geographer (1992-1999); Guest Editor/Co-Editor, several issues of Physical Geography; Consultant, Educational Testing Services and The College Board, Advanced Placement in Geography (1995).
Other Service: Chair (2003-2011) and Member (2000-2003, 2011-present), Steering Committee, Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium Series; co-organizer, Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium Annual Meetings (2001 and 2011); Book Review Editor, Geomorphology (1996-present); Editorial Boards, Geocarto International (1999-2011), Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2007-present), Landscape Ecology (1999-2003); Guest Editor/Co-Editor, several issues of Geomorphology; Co-Founder and Head, Mountain GeoDynamics Research Group (1982-present).
Honors, Awards, Grants: Melvin G. Marcus Distinguished Career Award, AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group (2012); AAG Mel Marcus Fund Award (2012); Texas State University System Regents’ Professor Award (2010); Alpha Chi National College Honor Society Favorite Professor Award (2010); College of Liberal Arts Award Recipient, Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University (2008); Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University (2007); Presidential Seminar Award, Texas State University (2006); Distinguished Career Award, AAG Mountain Geography Specialty Group (2006); Outstanding Recent Accomplishments Award, AAG Mountain Geography Specialty Group (2001); G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research, AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group (1998); NCGE Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award (1997); General Sandy Beaver Teaching Professorship (1991-1992) and Award for Excellence in Teaching (1990), University of Georgia; NCGE Journal of Geography Award for Best Content Article (1989); Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Achievement Award for New Scholars (1989); PI or co-PI on research grants and contracts from NSF, US Geological Survey, National Park Service, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, Burlington Northern Foundation.
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University (1982-1986); Assistant to Sandy Beaver Associate Professor, University of Georgia (1986-1992); Associate Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1992-1997); Professor, Texas State University-San Marcos (1997-2010); Texas State University System Regents’ Professor, and University Distinguished Professor, Texas State University-San Marcos (2010-Present).
Research and Teaching Interests: Geomorphology, biogeography, mountain environments, biogeomorphology, natural hazards, environmental responses to climate change, history and nature of geography.
Publications: Authored Zoogeomorphology – Animals as Geomorphic Agents. Co-editor of several volumes including Mountain Geomorphology – Integrating Earth Systems; The Changing Alpine Treeline – The Example of Glacier National Park, MT, USA; Tree Rings and Natural Hazards; Zoogeomorphology and Ecosystem Engineering; and Ecogeomorphology. Author or co-author of over 150 articles in refereed journals and book chapters in, e.g., Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Geographical Review, Journal of Geography, The Canadian Geographer, Progress in Physical Geography, Physical Geography, Geomorphology, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Catena, Geografiska Annaler A, Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research, Mountain Research and Development, Geography Compass, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Geocarto International, Disaster Prevention and Management.
Statement: I’m often asked at AAG meetings about my home department, Texas State, and why it’s such a dynamic place and program. I respond by saying that we genuinely care about every level of the department and programs, from the hundreds of undergraduate majors to our master’s and doctoral students. Everyone on faculty is engaged with our students at every level, whether it is working with non-majors and first-year undergraduates, many of whom are first-generation minority students, to our eager majors, and graduate students from across Texas and around the world. I’d bring that same approach to the AAG, an inclusiveness and willingness to work with every Geographer at any level. Another reason for the dynamic nature at Texas State is a strong alumni outreach program in the department, and I’d work to encourage that same approach at the AAG and across the discipline, especially for students and members outside of the academic realm where it’s easier to “lose track” of the AAG. We need to do a better job of showing why the AAG is relevant to them. I’m also very interested in trying to expand AAG resources for students engaged in fieldwork. Many students are understandably worried about the expenses associated with fieldwork. We need to find ways to enhance programs to support and honor the field tradition in Geography, across all our academic sub-disciplines.
Service to Geography: Member, AAG Research Grants Committee (1994-97); Chair, AAG Research Grants Committee (1996-97); Member, Cultural Geography Specialty Group Awards Committee (1994-1996); Program Chair, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, AAG (1992-3); Member, Committee on the Status of Women Geographers (1991-7); National Councillor, AAG (1997-2000); Chair of the National Councillors, AAG (1999-2000); Member, Nominating Committee, AAG (2005); Member, Local Arrangements Committee, AAG (2007-8); Member, Executive Committee, Florida Society of Geographers (1992-94); Member, Committee on Human Geography Advanced Placement Course, College Board (1998-2001); Workshop Leader, Geography Faculty Development Alliance (2009); Member, ESRC-AHRC International Review Panel (2011-2); Co-founding Editor, Gender, Place and Culture (1993-98); Co-Editor, Cultural Geographies (2003-2009); Editorial Boards: Urban Geography (1996-2008), Journal of Social and Cultural Geography (1998-2008), Gender, Place and Culture (1998-2008), Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2006-2009), Cultural Geographies (1993-2003), Emotion, Space and Society (2009-), Journal of Historical Geography (2012-).
Other Service: Program Committee, American Studies Association (2011 -2012); Board of Directors, Center for American Places (1999-2005); Editorial Board, University Press of New England (2001-2004).
Honors, Awards, Grants: Janice Monk Service Award, AAG (2003); Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship (1988-1989); Joan P. and Edward J. Foley Jr.1933 Endowed Chair (2005-); Visiting Distinguished lecturer, University College London (1998); Progress in Human Geography lecturer, AAG (2009); National Science Foundation Research awards.
Professional Experience: Professor (2000-) and Chair (2010-) Dartmouth College; Assistant to Full Professor, Florida Atlantic University (1990-2000); Women’s Studies Coordinator, Florida Atlantic University (1998-2000); Chair, Division of Social Science, Florida Atlantic University (1995-1997); Visiting Assistant Professor, San Diego State University (1989-1990); Post-doctoral Fellow, Loughborough University, U.K. (1988-1989); Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska (1986-1988); Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech (1985-1986); Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Delaware (1985).
Research and Teaching Interests: Cultural and historical geography of American cities and empire; feminist theories and geographies; American landscapes; urban geography; histories of geography.
Publications: Six authored, co-authored, or co-edited books; over fifty book chapters and articles in journals including Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Social and Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Cultural Geographies, Journal of Historical Geography, Geoforum, Area, Antipode, Journal of Geography, and The Professional Geographer.
Statement: Geography is well situated to make important and critical contributions to understanding and explaining the interrelated set of environmental, social and cultural challenges of the 21st century. Yet as Vice-President Julie Winkler has pointed out, some outstanding impediments still limit the discipline’s ability to realize its full potential of engagement with the range of issues that shape our world. If elected, I would work toward that full potential by building on previous efforts on the part of the AAG and fostering new ones in three main areas. First, I would support and initiate efforts to situate Geography as a primary home for multi-scalar research that joins the insights of the physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to uncover and interrogate new ways to work toward global environmental and social justice. I would work hard to maintain and strengthen Geography’s already well-established tradition of incorporating a wide range of theories, methods, perspectives and expertise, with an understanding that this tradition of multiple forms of knowledge production is crucial to seeking answers to today’s pressing problems and is key to being able to anticipate and understand future questions. This effort will require a continuation of work begun by President Eric Sheppard to ensure that Geography creates and maintains spaces of mutual and open-minded critical engagement. Second, I would seek to build on initiatives already established by the AAG to promote the discipline’s demographic diversity. Diversity matters to our academic and public goals for various reasons, not least of which is because it widens the range of issues we propose to interrogate, opens up new perspectives on problems, and fundamentally shapes the way we as a discipline collectively and as individuals understand the world. These new perspectives are critical to tackling the myriad challenges presented to those working toward a more just future. Third, I would continue with efforts to raise the public profile of Geography so that our theoretical and empirical insights are communicated and heard within and outside of the academy. Having served on the AAG Council and the Human Geography Advanced Placement Development Committee a decade ago, I can see the tangible results of raising the public profile of Geography, both in the K-12 curriculum and within the halls of D.C. and beyond. We need to strengthen and expand these efforts so that the discipline’s worth as a home for inclusive, critical, and essential research is never in doubt in the academy and beyond.